I’ve had a few tweets recently reminding me that I am getting close to 100,000 followers on Twitter. I’m sure we can all agree that in the grand, cosmic scheme of events this is to say the very least, a fairly miniscule shift in the space-time continuum.
From experience what this figure really means is at some time, probably 80,000 people have made a conscious decision to follow @bobbyllew on Twitter. The other 20,000 are probably some kind of spam bot wibbly-wobbly code error sub-ether phenomenon only understood by a species with access to technology far in advance of our own.
So, out of that 80,000 I would say maybe 20,000 might be regular twitter users, of that 20,000, more like 10,000 have ever directly communicated with me, and of that 10,000, maybe 5 or 600 are regular commenters on my waffle.
I will admit there have been times when far more tweeters have got in touch, obviously after the first transmission of Red Dwarf X in 2012, I remember I received over 8,000 tweets in the first few minutes after the show. That makes it rather hard to keep up, be polite and respond individually.
It’s also important to remember that I joined Twitter back in 2007, fairly early in the history of the Twitterverse.
In many ways this slow but steady increase in numbers is representative of my life/career experience. I have never been fashionable which means very simply that I have also never been post-fashionable. I’ve always been a bit unfashionable even when I’ve made an effort.
I have seen some of my comedy contemporaries join Twitter many years after I did, I chatted with them at the time about how Twitter really works when you have a few thousand followers, to notice a couple of months later that they had 1.2 million followers or, in the case of the venerable Mr S. Fry, 5,274,113. Yes, I just checked.
However, I’m very pleased, flattered and charmed that I’ve nearly got 100,000 followers, I think it’s wonderful and I am going to try and give a prize to the 100,000th follower. Yes, a prize. I know, it’s tragic and revealing of an inner hollowness but it makes me happy.
I have just activated the e-mail setting informing me when I get a new follower, (I had to uncheck that a few years back) so hopefully I will get it right.
The prize? No big surprises, an autographed picture of Kryten 2X4B 523P, a signed copy of ‘News from Gardenia’ and a signed copy of the newly updated, soon to be released ‘The Man in the Rubber Mask’ paperback, with 43.17% more smeg.